USD School of Law Launches Direct Admissions Program for USD Undergraduate Students

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San Diego (January 14, 2015) – Today, the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law announced the launch of the new Direct Admissions Program, which will allow USD undergraduate students to be admitted to USD School of Law without taking the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT).

"Acting on an August 2014 revision of the American Bar Association (ABA) Standards and Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law Schools, the USD School of Law’s Direct Admissions Program allows qualified USD undergraduate students interested in attending law school a new option to apply and receive priority consideration," said Jorge García, Assistant Dean of Admissions, Diversity Initiatives and Financial Aid at USD School of Law.

Beginning with the entering class of fall 2015, USD undergraduate students may apply to the USD School of Law Direct Admissions Program if they meet both of the following criteria:

  1. They scored at or above the 85th percentile on the ACT or SAT; and
  2. They have achieved a minimum cumulative GPA at USD of 3.50 through six semesters of academic work.

The USD School of Law Direct Admissions Program will enable USD undergraduate students who are interested in attending law school to have their applications considered by the School of Law on a priority basis. The ABA Rules limit the number of applicants who may be admitted under this program. All USD students admitted through the Direct Admissions Program will be guaranteed scholarship funding.

Recent USD undergraduate alumni who meet the ABA-required criteria may also be eligible for consideration under the Direct Admissions Program.

For additional details and conditions of the program, visit the program webpage. Interested applicants may contact Jorge García, Assistant Dean of Admissions, Diversity Initiatives and Financial Aid at or by calling (619) 260-4528.

About the University of San Diego School of Law

Celebrating 60 years of alumni success, the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law is recognized for the excellence of its faculty, depth of its curriculum, and strength of its clinical programs. Each year, USD educates approximately 900 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 81 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school’s faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 23rd worldwide in all-time faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, nonprofit, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.


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